Protect Cloud Email with Mimecast Sync & Recover

The Mimecast Sync & Recover solution helps protect cloud email against ransomware attacks, and allows your business to meet regulatory requirements.

The benefits of hosting email in the cloud make it a compelling option for businesses of all sizes. But for all of their advantages, cloud email services such as Microsoft Office 365 aren’t the fully managed, risk free solutions that many believe them to be. For one thing, it has recently been proven that ransomware attacks can encrypt cloud email services. And with GDPR right to forget and non-repudiation requirements affecting many of the businesses we work with at MMRIT, the need to protect cloud email is clear.

Fortunately, the Mimecast Sync & Recover solution provides the security and functionality your business needs to protect cloud email and streamline business processes. In this blog post, we’ll show you how.

Protect Cloud Email with Mimecast Sync & Recover

Mimecast Sync & Recover utilises archive data to deliver data backup and recovery functionality for Microsoft Office 365. It achieves this by synchronising your users’ mailbox structure, calendar content, and contacts between Office 365 and the Mimecast archive.

Synchronisation takes place multiple times throughout the day. Once archived, email data is available for administrators to view, browse and search folder structure, export and restore content, and create snapshots of users’ mailboxes at specific points in time.

The key enhancements that Sync & Recover brings are the ability to capture and sync mailbox folder and email metadata, and the ability to capture calendar items and contacts from mailboxes in Exchange or Office 365.

Sync & Recover Scenarios

There are a number of scenarios in which Mimecast Sync & Recover can help your business meet security and regulatory compliance requirements. Here are three scenarios in which Sync & Recover will help you protect cloud email:

  • Cloud Ransomware. In early-2018, white hat hackers developed a ransomware strain that could encrypt cloud-based email accounts in real-time. It’s fair to say that if white hat hackers can create ransomware that doesn’t need device sync to infect cloud-based services, black hat hackers won’t be far behind. Mimecast Sync & Recover helps protect cloud email services by offering rapid recovery of not only emails but also folder structure, calendars, and contacts.
  • GDPR Right to Forget. We’ve already written about GDPR and how businesses can take steps to become compliant with the new regulation. A key element of GDPR is the right to forget, which requires a business to totally remove personally identifiable information (PII) about an individual upon request. Mimecast Sync & Recover makes it easier to identify and remove PII from both your live and archived email accounts.
  • Non-Repudiation. At MMRIT we work with a number of legal services organisations, for whom non-repudiation is a key requirement when it comes to emails. Non-repudiation provides proof of the integrity and origin of data, which in the case of emails means original, unaltered versions of each message. The Mimecast archive, on which the Sync & Recover service is based, is already helping many of our legal services customers meet their non-repudiation regulatory compliance requirements.

Addressing Today’s Threats

Today’s threats to your cloud email services come in many forms. Whether its ransomware attack, a disaster recovery scenario, accidental deletion, or data corruption, your business needs a safeguard in place to ensure that email data is recoverable and downtime is kept to a minimum. Mimecast Sync & Recover unifies the management of compliance archiving and data resiliency, streamlines search and recovery, and addresses today’s cyber security threats.

To find out more about how MMRIT can implement and manage Mimecast Sync & Recover for your business, get in touch with us.

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